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The most compact and manoeuvrable passenger car on the road, the smart fortwo also offers ample interior comforts and sophisticated technology.
An engine powerful enough for motorway driving and an outstanding array of safety capabilities make the third-generation model highly suitable for all road types, not just city centres.
The new smart fortwo can be discovered at smart of Southend, smart of Ipswich and smart of Lakeside.
Both previous incarnations of the smart fortwo were acclaimed for their “tridiron safety cell" construction, a structure of reinforced longitudinal and transverse beams made of high-tensile steel that provided outstanding protection for the driver and passenger in the event of an impact. The third-generation model retains this frame, as well as front and side airbags for the driver and passenger and a driver's knee bag. An array of active safety measures, including ABS, an Electronic Stability Programme, Crosswind Assist and Hill Start Assist, maintain stability in bad weather conditions and on treacherous road surfaces. Proactive safety measures, such as Lane Keeping Assist, are also available as an option.
From the front, the flat snub-nosed profile of the new smart fortwo is endearing as well as practical. At 2695mm long, its turning circle of 6.95 metres sets it apart from even the most agile city cars.
A reworked mesh front grille is flanked by large, leaf-shaped headlamps, whilst 15" or 16" alloy wheels and a two-tone design complete the car's distinctive look. An assortment of different paint schemes are available with the three different trim levels (“Passion", “Prime", and “Proxy"), as well as a number of designs for the two-tone fabric seats.
The colourful and inviting cabin offers excellent visibility, whilst the high roofline means plenty of headroom even for taller adults.
A clear and simple instrument cluster with an optional 3.5" TFT touch display provides all the important information and multimedia you could possibly need during your journey.
A leather gearshift and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel emphasise the fortwo's high build quality - and air conditioning is standard to all specifications.
The smart fortwo is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0 litre engine in two variants, supplying 71hp and 90hp respectively.
The smaller unit achieves fuel consumption of 68.9mpg combined and CO2 output of 93g/km; the 90hp powertrain, however, is nearly just as economical with combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg and a carbon output of 97g/km (meaning that both engines ensure owners do not pay VED or the London congestion charge).
Thanks to the fortwo's low kerb weight of just 900kg, moreover, the larger motor can thrust it from a standing start to 62mph in 10.4 seconds.
Inside the cabin, a smart Audio-System with AUX/USB interface is standard; along with the car's Bluetooth® interface and connection apps for iOS and Android, this allows you a limitless selection of music to play on your journey. Higher trim levels offer such amenities as a heated rear window and seats, a panoramic roof, and a lowered sports suspension.
|Vehicle length||2695 mm / 106.1 in|
|Vehicle width||1663 mm / 65.5 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1555 mm / 61.2 in|
|Wheelbase||1873 mm / 73.7 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||900 kg / 1984 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||1.0-litre/3|
|Engine Capacity||999 cc|
|Max Torque||135 nm @ 2500 rpm|
|Max Power||66 kW @ 5500 rpm|
|Top Speed||96 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 10.4 sec|
|Combined cycle||67.3 mpg|
|Urban cycle||57.7 mpg|